A meeting of the Kirk Session of St. Bryce Kirk was held on Monday 3rd September 2018 in St. Bryce Centre. Opening worship was led by Beryl Luke.
The Minutes of Kirk Session meeting 18.6.18 were approved and signed.
Matters Arising: Anne Aberdein was introduced to the Kirk Session, welcomed and thanked for taking on the role as Safeguarding Coordinator. Anne explained to the Session that she has a background in Child Protection and has most recently been supporting Head Teachers in Fife on Child Protection and Health and Wellbeing issues.
Church Team Reports
Communication – report received and noted. Welcome Booklets will be distributed by the Welcome Team and available to collect from the old Communion table. Cornerstone will be available on the website.
Fabric – Grant for £10,000 has been awarded for repairs to the Rose Window. Delay in work starting due to misinformation from Fife Council re planning permission. Scaffolding company used previously are busy but Rainbow Glass who are carrying out work can provide scaffolding. Hopefully work will be carried out by end of year. If not by April/ May 2019.
Lecture room and GP rooms redecorated by team of volunteers. Carpets to be cleaned in October. Further painting work planned. The “painting team” were thanked for all their hard work.
Manse has new flooring in kitchen. Boundary wall repairs still to be arranged.
Cabins at back of church have had leaky roofs repaired. Down pipes at the back of the church were replaced.
The cost for the above works was £4.500
College technicians have made adjustments to sound systems and wiring.
Electricity and water consumption continue to be monitored.
Peachy Keen- outdoor installations plans advancing.
Fellowship – report received and noted. Guild soup lunch 18th not 19th November.
Finance- report received and noted.
Pastoral Care – report received and noted. Website will be updated soon.
Phone Team to consider if there is anyone who might benefit from a visit or be invited to Carol or Summer teas.
A grant may be available to contribute to cost of Defibrillator for the Church Centre. It was suggested that First Aid training might be of benefit and several members of the Kirk Session expressed an interest.
Worship and Education- report received and noted. The Moderator of the Church of Scotland will visit Kirkcaldy Presbytery in November. Guilds are holding an afternoon tea in Linktown Church on November 1st. There has been a suggestion that all Kirkcaldy Churches hold a joint service on Sunday 4th November at which the Moderator will preach. Venue to be decided. The Kirk Session were happy to support this proposal.
Young Church- The Young Church are holding a Cake and Candy sale on 9th September and a future soup lunch to raise funds to continue sponsoring Umberto.
The Young Church are keen to purchase an interactive smartboard which they feel would be a real asset in engaging the youngsters in studying scripture through video clips, music and games. It would be expensive and some concerns were raised-
How would it be funded?
Would it be beneficial to other Church Centre user groups?
Training would have to be provided.
The Kirk Session agreed in principle to further investigation into this purchase.
Usual Groups have started back and the centre is getting busier.
The Hall lets are up on the same time last year by £3,329 and the Catering is up £3,622. Much of this is due to a group called the Curnie Club who book rooms twice a week and they all stay for lunch which is paid for from the funding. Hopefully their funding will last for a long time.
The coffee bar is getting busier as well and Kirsty has been trying out different meals. Offering them for a week at a time. So far this has been very successful.
The Graduations are week commencing the 24th September. They are Tuesday 3.30pm Wednesday 3.30 and 6.30pm and Thursday 3.30 and 6.30pm. We need people to help seat the audience as well as the students so if you are available an hour before any of these times please let me know as soon as possible.
On the day Summer Fayre raised £1967.53
There was a good turn-out from the congregation though could have had more families to play the children’s activities.
Further donations and on-going Change for Church pots mean Fund now stands at £2119.98.
We still have to have our Sherry Evening on Saturday 22nd September - £10 per ticket – with information from Dick West about different sherries and a tasting session, followed by a buffet supper with wine – tickets on sale NOW from Office.
We were successful in obtaining a grant for the repair of the Rose Window but we have to make up the short-fall so the Fund will help this.
Presbytery Elder Report- no report for this meeting.
Strategies and Resourcing Committee are holding a “Big Meeting” on Tuesday 24th September to discuss the future of the church in our area. 4 or 5 representatives from each parish are invited to attend. 3 people have already expressed interest but if anyone else is interested please let us know.
Communion – due to Moderators visit the November Communion will now be held on Sunday 25th. Rehearsal date TBA. The informal communion on 2nd December will not now take place.
GDPR – The privacy notice is available in paper copy in folder in the office, has been in the intimation sheet and is on the website. Currently collecting and collating information from various groups and individuals to continue work updating Data Audit.
Connecting Cards – to be sent out end of September. Elders are responsible for ensuring their lists are up to date.
Website- a reminder once again to team leaders or nominated person to keep pages updated. There was a concern that the website may not have been secure. This has been remedied. Any problems logging in speak to Ann Winters or George Luke.
It was suggested that in order to keep people informed about what was happening in the church that team reports and a precis of Session minutes be put on the website.
Date of the next Kirk Session meeting Tuesday 20th November 2018 at 7.15 p.m.
There being no other business the Moderator closed the meeting with the Benediction.
A meeting of the Kirk Session of St. Bryce Kirk was held on Tuesday 20th November 2018 in St. Bryce Centre. Opening worship was led by Trudi Newton.
Sederunt as per sederunt sheet
The Minutes of Kirk Session meeting 3. 9. 18 were approved and signed.
Matters Arising Rose Window repairs completed with a grant of £10,000 pounds from FET. The Power Point in the foyer of the repairs has attracted a lot of attention and will be playing when the board of FET meet in St. Bryce this Thursday.
Peachy Keen: the company have been very busy but the installation project for our grounds is on the cards for spring 2019.
Communication – The next edition of Cornerstone will be ready for distribution on the last Sunday of the month.
The WELCOME booklet is now in a stand up the stairs in the Church so that the Welcome team can give a copy to any visitors to the service. It is hoped to also put copies on the old Communion table downstairs.
The Communication Team is sadly in need of some new members to the Team and I would ask you to seriously consider this or to recommend any member of the congregation that you feel would serve on this team. We want ideas.
Isabel Greenaway is to research any copyright issues if we choose to live stream services through You Tube rather than Facebook as this potentially reaches a wider audience. Congregation will be kept informed.
Fabric – see matters arising. Other than this no major projects in the pipeline. There may be a call for volunteers to do an autumn tidy up of the garden.
Fellowship – report received and noted. “New Venture” needs to be thought out-who? when? what? Maybe a film and a cuppa aimed at those who wouldn’t go to cinema alone.
Finance- report received and noted. Draft letter re finances circulated with the invitation to approach Ken with any modifications or queries. The Kirk Session were in favour of this letter going out now with a fuller breakdown of finances in the spring. Kirk Session members also agreed to hand deliver letters by the end of November.
Pastoral Care – report received and noted. We are still looking for 2 people to welcome people to the Carol Service on December 9th at 3.00. Please consider helping out if you are not otherwise involved that afternoon.
No further decision on a defibrillator as yet.
Worship and Education- team will be meeting soon. The church was open to allow people to view the Memorial Window for Remembrance Day. A piece in the Courier generated interest and there were some lovely comments left in the visitors book.
The Remembrance Day service with the congregation facing the window was positively commented on. The images of the soldiers were very poignant and the piano playing, with the background gunfire was extremely effective and very moving.
St. Andrews Day- The church will be open for a day of prayer.
Young Church- report received and noted. The majority of the Kirk Session were in favour of adults dressing as Nativity characters if they so wished at the service on December 23rd.
Smartboard- the college may be able to donate a smartboard to the church. We would then have to purchase a projector funded partly from the McKillop Trust and some fundraising by the Young Church. The board would be situated in the Lecture room and could be used by other groups. Training for Young Church volunteers would be given.
Centre Management- report received and noted.
Eco Church Report- no report for this meeting. A request for help/guidance has
from Markinch Church who are in the process of becoming an Eco-Church.
The Kirk Session are happy for the purchase and installation of a bike rack to go ahead. It would be situated in the space between the outer and glass doors. It would not be a permanent fixture but mounted on wood so it was steady but moveable.
Safeguarding - report received and noted.
Presbytery Elder Report- copies of Presbytery Precis have been circulated.
Gift Service and Christmas Eve collections- The Kirk Session agreed that this year’s recipients would be
Gift Service 16th December: Unicef (working to help children in Yemen who are urgently in need of food, water and medical supplies)
Christmas Eve: Alzheimer Scotland Fife Branch (to help provide memory inducing activities)
Connecting Cards- the Kirk Session agreed that elders would send a Christmas card to the people on their lists.
Communion 25.11.18 - there will be no rehearsal.
Big Meeting and Area Meeting- the Kirk Session watched “Re-Imagining Church” and figures were circulated showing the age profile of ministers in the Church of Scotland and the projected forecast for vacancies in the future.
It is proposed to hold a meeting on Monday January 21st 2019 at 7.00 to discuss these and further issues.
The town centre joint services in the summer and at New Year are well supported so it is proposed that a joint service be held on Pentecost next year. It would give our congregations the opportunity to see ministers working together and in others buildings. The Kirk session approved this in principal.
GDPR- work ongoing
Correspondence- the new “Pray Now” will be available at a discounted price of £6. Please add your name to the notice board if you would like one.
Date of the next Kirk Session meeting Monday 18th February November 2019 at 7.15 p.m.
There being no other business the Moderator closed the meeting with the Benediction.